Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update from the Asylum

DATE:  March 13, 2020     CATEGORIES:  Blog, News

The following is the latest update about Artisan’s effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our community. Please read and share. Check in regularly for the status of Classes and Events (of 10 people and fewer).


First, be aware that the COVID virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, and especially between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). COVID is transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and these droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Therefore: if you have any common flu symptoms — coughing, sneezing — please stay away from the Asylum. It is an unnecessary risk, even if you are not presenting the additional COVID symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. To learn more about the virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

If you think that you may have COVID symptoms, please call your doctor and review the precautions here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html


For the time being, Artisan’s is not closing operations. Effective Friday March 13, Artisan’s Asylum will take the following steps:

  1. 1 – Suspend “public hours” through March 31, 2020. Deskies are relieved of Duties for the duration of this period.
  2. 2 – Only members with working badges will be able to enter the premises. Public access in April is put on “at risk” status pending further updates from health authorities.
  3. 3 – Artisan’s instructors who voluntarily maintain their teaching schedule are being asked to meet their students at the front desk. A separate communication on this matter will be sent by Anne Wright, Education Director.
  4. 4 – Suspend all tours of the Asylum until March 31; all April tours are put on an “at risk” status pending further updates from health authorities.
  5. 5 – Suspend all public events until April 1; all April events are categorized as “at risk.”
  6. 6 – Maintain our schedule of classes until there’s a clearer sense of risk for small group work in which we can reasonably accommodate social distancing.
  7. 7 – Staff will be present and maintain daily schedules for now; all staff are encouraged to take meetings by phone and/or via Skype, Hangouts, Zoom etc.

Overall, Artisan’s will continue to try and provide personal and environmental hygiene products while supplies last. We do have an order in; when placed on Monday 3/8, backorder times were projected at 2-3 weeks.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Please note that Artisan’s is not a health authority; this email is for informational purposes only. If you feel that you are at risk of infection or a risk to others, please consult a medical professional immediately.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We’ll continue to provide updates in this changing information landscape. In the meantime, keep healthy and happy – and keep on making.